Yeah, Yeah. More anti-Trump stuff. Not a billionaire. Sexual predator. Blah Blah.
I hope I can say that this blog will be different and maybe, significant even to Trump supporters. Today I stumbled on a post on Facebook. Someone read her anti-trump post and started arguing. The result was that the Trump supporter told her to “leave”.
The meaning was clear. This person was telling her tow leave the country because she had trouble with Trump. I will admit that I went ballistic but only when I read that word: Leave.
Trump voters have the right to make their case and, as a constitution loving American I will defend that right to the death though I don’t agree with them. The same goes for Hillary supporters. For those of you that missed civics 101, that is what we do in America and what defines our country. So what is wrong? I believe that Trump has injected an idea into the American consciousness and it’s a toxic, ugly, incredibly un-American idea and has no place here. It’s something that people have died for on a hundred battlefields throughout our national history. It’s called the constitution. The idea that Trump is selling is that the way to be an American is to push for your own agenda and ignore the basics of what a democracy is. Ignoring the basic nature of the electoral process and deciding that your “right” is to ignore the rights of any other American to speak their mind and, worse yet, remain in the United States, is nothing but fascism, something that has always been poison to American values. While this Trump supporter I’m describing undoubtedly felt he was being patriotic because he was lucky enough to be born in the US and decided his “passion” for Donald Trump is the same as patriotism, he ignored our history where soldiers have died to defend the meaning of being an American as laid out in the Constitution.
It isn’t the same as patriotism; being an American is a responsibility, not a privilege, one that requires discipline and a willingness to put the Democratic systems above personal desires; the opposite of Trump’s philosophy. At the risk of being corny I will run down the high points of what is most definitely the nature of our country. At the time of the revolution, clearly fascist British royalty had been oppressing colonists both in terms of basic freedoms and unfair taxation. As we all know, the colonists fought back. But in establishing their new republic, rather than repeating the ugly repression of their oppressors or even ignoring ethics and moving on, they did an extraordinary thing, something that hasn’t been done before in history.
They esblished their new nation as being founded on the idea of individual liberties, being part of God’s legacy. There is both faith and unparalleled morality in the acts that preceded the formation of the United States. The contract that our founding fathers made required an awareness of exactly what had brought about the revolution in the first place: a selfish fascist agenda that suited the needs of the powerful. What seems to confuse many Trump supporters is that, when people talk up the United States, comparing it to fascist states like Russia, it is always the freedom aspect that makes us superior. That freedom involves an implied compromise in the form of state sanctioned free expression of political points of view and, more to the point, elections. Every four years we gamble that our “side” will be the dominant side. But, as Americans, we can’t ignore the rights of the other “side” who may very well win an election. For Americans, real Americans, the preservation of this system is far more important then their own agendas. For selfish Americans, it about them. To me that’s pissing on an amazing concept of democracy that has never been repeated in history.
It bears repeating: this is what our founding fathers had in mind:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson
Now I know that most Trump supporters would support this. How easy would it be to ignore it? Millions of people in the military have died preserving the philosophy in these words. It is the hallmark of the American system, one that makes us respected around the world. But Trump himself has always played fast and loose with the idea of democracy. He has stated unequivocally that he would not necessarily respect the transfer of power after the election, a complete misunderstanding of his duties as a citizen of the United States. He has also proposed ordering soldiers to commit war crimes. He has impugned the skill of our military. Though he has never come out and said it, Trump feels that he will able to be president following his own rules backed by old style bigotry and un-American sentiments. And he has passed this message on to his followers, many of whom have accepted it.
What trump has sold to many of his supporters is the idea that force, bullying and unilateral agenda are what America is all about. But if you respect your country, you’ll have to admit it isn’t. This isn’t the first time that would-be dictators have pushed their way into influencing policy by using paranoia and fear. Look up Joseph McCarthy. There have also been braindead actions like imprisoning Japanese Americans during World War II or Operation Wetback which caused among other things, several hundred United States citizens being illegally deported without being given a chance to prove their citizenship.
All these disasters, sometimes resulting in ruined lives and enforced financial reparations by the U.S. government, were brought about by selfish people who thought they were the only important people in the United States and that they were only true Americans.
The erosion of democracy should be the biggest boogeyman in our national consciousness. Even staunch Trump supporters should be shaking in their boots at the thought of the destruction of what has distinguishes us from the dictatorships around the world. A failure to maintain our democracy is a failure that everyone in the United States will regret, though they might not realize it at the moment.